Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Low self-esteem
- Life transitions
- Stress management
- Relationship issues
- Bipolar disorder
Dawn Adeyemi is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with expertise in women's issues, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, unbalanced moods, relationship issues, nervousness, insecurity, burn out, indecisiveness, and trauma.
Dawn specializes in working with women 18 - 40 years old on issues related to self-esteem, transitions into adulthood, and developing healthy relationships. Dawn also sees clients who have experienced trauma, such as domestic violence or childhood trauma, and helps them work through the beliefs that have developed as a result of the experience, in conjunction with mindfulness practices, guided muscle relaxations, and acceptance work. With clients who have bipolar disorder, Dawn emphasizes the importance of psychoeducation, helping them understand symptoms such as rapid irritability, lack of sleep, and fatigue, and how they can manage it with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy skills.
Dawn's practice is informed by Solution Focused Therapy, in which she helps clients set goals, understand and accept what has happened in the past, and determine a way to move forward. From there, she uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, giving homework to clients who prefer this to see change manifest more quickly. In her practice, Be Free LLC, she incorporates laughter as a key component of therapy, with the goal of helping her clients be free and happy.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- United Health
- RISD Student Insurance (United Health)
- URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Health)
- Ongoing appointments: $100/appt
- First appointment: $150/appt
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"Sometimes challenges in life can be overwhelming and impact our emotional health. I believe that you can get through these challenges, with support. I use various treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to influence progress. These include relaxation, acceptance, and goal setting which I believe are key factors to change. Congratulations to you for the courage to make your life better! I would like to partner with your journey to be well and Be Free."
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Integrated Psychiatry Group practice, 2015 - Present
CCAP, 2015 - Present
Value Options (BCBS, RI), 2013 - 2014
Old Colony YMCA, 2008 - 2013
Community Counseling of Bristol County, 2007 - 2008
North River School, 2006-2007
Boston College, MSW 2008
UMass Amherst, BS, 2002
Mass Bay Community College, Assoc, 2000